Exhibit and Program Developer

Company Name: 

Bay Area Discovery Museum


557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

Contact Name: 

Kim Taylor





Job Description: 

The Bay Area Discovery Museum seeks an Exhibit and Program Developer to join our Learning & Museum Experience team. This position is part of a dynamic team that transforms and animates our beautiful 7.5 acres of indoor and outdoor space into joyful and playful learning environments for young children ages 0-8 years old and the adults who care for them. This position researches, develops, prototypes, and participates in the implementation and evaluation of, temporary indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits and environments and large-scale public programs and festivals that inspire a passion for discovery in every child.  

This is a great time to join the museum as we embark on execution of our new strategic plan Lead with Joy and head into the next phase of our multi-year diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) work at staff and Board levels. We are looking for someone who shares our vision for a world where every child grows and thrives through joyful play and understands what it takes to inspire a passion of discovery in every young child.

The pay range for this role is in the mid-$70K range, based on relevant experience. This is a full-time position with a weekly schedule to be determined. This is a hybrid role; this position will require you to work onsite a minimum of three days per week, with the ability to work remotely on the days you are not in the office. Additional availability may be required for other related work requirements.  



  1. Researches, pitches, develops, and prototypes innovative indoor and outdoor temporary exhibits, environments and programs for playful learning that embody the museum’s research, values, and learning frameworks; and help achieve our audience development and engagement goals, and revenue targets. Creates, updates, and disseminates project interpretive plans through every phase of development. Convenes key stakeholders for input and feedback to ensure alignment on outcomes, resources, and timeline.   
  2. Develops and maintains a robust list of diverse local artists, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) collaborators, and performers with potential to engage in exhibit and program development and implementation.  
  3. Researches, develops, and stewards relationships with diverse individuals and organizations in the community for exhibit and program consultation, contribution, and co-creation.  
  4. Collaborates with Manager of Museum Experience and lead educators to prototype innovative ideas, incorporate their perspectives on how children respond to and engage with exhibits, and co-create strategies for ongoing animation and facilitation of exhibits and environments. Prepare floor staff training sessions and materials.   
  5. Participates in, and contributes to, departmental and institutional planning through exhibits and program ideation, and multi-year program calendar development, communication, and stakeholder engagement.   
  6. Stays abreast of current approaches and innovations in exhibit and program development in children’s museums and related informal learning contexts; also research on early childhood education development. Researches and proposes travelling exhibit opportunities. Participates in, and presents at, local and national meetings for exhibition and program development, as resources permit.   
  7. Prepares and monitors project budgets and schedules in collaboration with department head, finance, learning, and exhibit production teams. Secures quotes and negotiates pricing for materials, fabrication and consultants as required. Develops and manages contracts with outside providers as required.  
  8. Participates in cross-functional and all staff meetings and training as assigned; leads exhibit and program development and project management meetings as required.   

Other duties as assigned.    



  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in museum studies, exhibit development and design, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and/or early childhood education design.  
  • 3+ years demonstrated experience and passion for developing playful learning exhibits, environments, and programs for young children. Strong visual and spatial design sense related to exhibits, specifically for children and playful engagement; and experience giving feedback and stewarding relationships with artists, designers and other collaborators.   
  • Professional and personal commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion; thoughtful and open about the role of a workplace and a cultural institution in creating a sense of welcome and belonging for staff and visitors.   
  • Exemplary program planning and project management skills. Ability to work and succeed on multiple projects simultaneously in a highly collaborative deadline and outcome-driven environment.   
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with community members to advise on and co-create experiences and programs.   
  • Knowledge and experience with diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace, and in developing learning experiences and environments.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong ability to pitch compelling ideas through visual, verbal and written means, and secure buy-in from diverse stakeholders. 
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced work environment while navigating ambiguity; ability to manage under pressure with a sense of humor, positivity, and priorities in clear view; growth mindset and spirit of experimentation, flexibility and openness to learning from visitors, community partners and colleagues 
  • Proficiency with full Microsoft Office Suite; experience with Asana or other project management tools; some fluency with software used for design and image manipulation (Adobe Creative Suite or similar); ability to learn new platforms quickly.     
  • Abides by and enforces BADM’s health and safety protocols. 


Qualified candidates should apply online here: https://bit.ly/2PKeCSu

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. We encourage those from all backgrounds to apply to allow us to build the most inclusive and creative team possible.


At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, we believe that providing children with the high-quality early learning experiences they need to be successful is the best investment we can make as a society.

Whether at the Museum, online, or in the community, we provide experiences that spark children’s natural curiosity for the world around them, while building their creative problem-solving skills and STEM content knowledge. Both on-site and off-site, we facilitate research-backed learning experiences that are fun and engaging for children and families. At our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this includes hands-on exhibits, rich STEM and art programming, an on-site preschool, and camps and classes. Off-site, our museum educators bring hands-on STEM programming to students and families at schools and libraries in all nine Bay Area counties.

We believe that these research-backed on-site and off-site experiences should be made available to all children and families and offer a variety of access initiatives toward this goal. We are currently working our way back up to our pre-pandemic numbers:

  • 350,000 visitors each year, including nearly 100,000 with free or reduced admission 
  • 10,000 member families 
  • 26,000 children through our school and community programs 
  • 587 schools and 215 libraries through all nine Bay Area counties 

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is committed to being welcoming and inclusive. We are continuously working toward the goal of reflecting the diversity of the Bay Area both within our organization and with those we serve.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative, and fun environment. Employees enjoy reciprocal admission benefits at other museums, regular all-staff celebrations, professional development training, and more. All staff members are valued for their contributions toward creating a high-quality experience for visitors, and their work allows us to achieve our mission.

The museum provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all eligible employees, as well as generous paid time off.

In addition, we offer the opportunity for each employee to make a unique impact on more than 350,000 museum visitors each year on-site, online, and many more in the community through our research-backed school and community programs.

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses, credentials, or vaccinations pertinent to the position.